Security

Are we safer from terrorist attacks since 9/11?

  [Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni]   On 11 September 2001, nineteen al-Qaeda members hijacked four American commercial planes: two crashed against the Twin Towers in New York City; a third in the Pentagon area (Washington D.C) and the fourth in Pennsylvania. In this day, often known as 9/11, nearly...

Ankara’s bid to join PeSCo: The right thing at the wrong time?

[Illustration by Beatrice Bandiera]   According to reports by German media, Turkey has recently submitted a request to join the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PeSCo) project ‘Military Mobility’ (MM). This request was reportedly met with a certain perplexity, as recently relations between several EU countries and Turkey have been far...

Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border conflict: another water dispute in Central Asia

[Illustration by Matilde Morri]   On 28 April clashes broke out on the border between Tajikistan’s Sughd province and Kyrgyzstan’s southern Batken province. The reason for the four-day conflict is an old water dispute between the two countries over the Golovnoi water intake facility, which splits a river –...

Emerging hotspot: why you should care about the Mekong Region

  [Illustration by Armadilly]   The Mekong Region can be defined as the geographical area crossed by the Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia. The region surrounding the Mekong River is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world with 20,000 species of plants, 1,200...

From Charlie Hebdo to Samuel Paty, did France reach a turning point?

Article by Laura Governi | Illustration by Matilde Morri In the last five years, France was struck by several terrorist attacks. Political scientists and journalists believe that the terrorists’ aim was to create a state of chaos, undermining French culture, secularism and lifestyle. Those attacks did not manage to...

China’s Seat at the Arctic Table: Beijing’s Strategy for the Far North

Article by Caterina Tarozzi | Illustration by Beatrice Bandiera The strategically important Arctic region is reigniting geopolitical tensions to Cold War levels. Prompted by the consequences of global warming, new economic opportunities and mounting legal claims are making the inhospitable region a new Iron Curtain, where the energy policies...

What is going on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Francesco Moretti On Sunday, July 12th,  hostilities broke out on the border between the Tavush Province of Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. The clashes don’t have a clear dynamic yet. The authorities of both countries blame each other for starting the hostilities...

From Afghanistan to Iraq and Syria: unwinnable wars?

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno   Back in 2001, George W. Bush declared: “Either you are with us, or you are with terrorists”. Stated in the aftermath of September 11th (9/11), this quote roughly marks the moment in which U.S military forces were deployed to...

Business first: Italy and arms sales

Article by Matilde Monteleone | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno If during this period of global pandemic most of the productive activity in Italy has been blocked, if not slowed down, there is instead a sector of the economy that has never stopped growing: that of arms. The Decree of...

Why the new coronavirus is an asset for terrorists

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni Let’s consider the following argument: The coronavirus crisis has put the world in lockdown. Terrorists want to provoke mass causalities. Therefore, terrorist activity will decrease. This reasoning is a fallacy, for many reasons. For example, there are multiple types of...